Social care staff at bottom of pay pile
It’s unusual for employers to highlight how little they pay their workers, but voluntary organisations running social care services for local government say today that their care assistants earn at least £100 a week less than road sweepers.
Charities bid to run two prisons
Charity groups have launched rival bids to help run two new jails being built to hold Britain’s rapidly- growing prison population.
One consortium brings together Nacro, a crime reduction charity, and RAPt, a drug rehabilitation charity, with the private security firm G4S and the builders Galliford Try. Another comprises Turning Point, the social care charity, Rainer Crime Concern, the crime reduction charity, and the security firm Serco Group. The charities argue that their full involvement will help to cut reoffending.
Schools warned of pupils hooked on energy drinks
Children are becoming dependent on energy drinks that have dramatic effects on their concentration and behaviour in schools, drug experts have warned.
Schools are being advised to observe children for signs of agitation which could be a result of excessive caffeine consumption. It follows reports of pupils drinking large quantities of energy drinks or taking caffeine-based pills.
The hidden offenders
Many paedophiles claim their crime is restricted to ‘only’ viewing internet images. But new research shatters that myth.
The Conservative head of a firm that invests in companies delivering public services, then sells them for profit, tells Alison Benjamin why the private sector is crucial to tackling the ‘maelstrom of social ills’.
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